Home Instruction Manual
Home instruction manual (2014 - 2016)
Traditionally, instruction manuals have been the perfect source for practical solutions. Experts in specific subjects provide written authority on how to repair faults and carry out tasks from scratch.
I typed 'how to make a home' into Google, and was directed to an online chat forum in which self-described experts were exchanging detailed instructions. I rented an ordinary suburban house and carried out the strangers' advice exactly over the period of two months. In complying with the instructions for making the perfect home, I contemplated the construction of an identity from scratch. The following photographs document the end result of my time living and working in the house, trying on different lives for size.
Format International Photography Festival, Derby
Seen Fifteen Gallery, London
Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery, Northern Ireland
The Gallery at Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster
HOME INSTRUCTION MANUAL (Published 2016)
Design by Merel Witteman at KesselsKramer, Amsterdam
A5 size, 124 pages.
Book Awards / recognition:
Winner, Kassel Fotobookfestival Dummy Award, Germany (2015)
Shortlist, Recontre D’Arles Festival, Author Book Awards, France (2016)
Nomination, Infinity Award, International Centre of Photography, New York (2016)
Best of the Year Photobooks, IMA Magazine, Japan (2016)
Best of the Year Photobooks, Photobookstore, UK (2016)